Mistakes happen. No one is immune from the occasional slip-up. Public gaffes are especially notable; as was case with the 2017 Best Picture Oscar announcement. It was a simple error of picking up the wrong envelope.
As we approach the annual event of celebrating the best of cinema, we can all agree that one essential ingredient that makes a movie “worthy of consideration” is its music; an intrinsic element that creates mood, energy, character presence, and emotion. On this episode of Wind & Rhythm, we celebrate the best of cinema music.
“And the Oscar goes to…”
An American in Paris George Gershwin US Army Field Band, Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier Theme from Schindler’s List John Williams Filmharmonic Brass, Dominic Derasse Wizard of Oz Overture James Barnes University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds, Ron Hufstader Adventures on Earth from “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” John Williams US Navy Band, Captain George Thompson Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Leonard Bernstein US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Theme from Jaws John Williams, arr. Charles Porter Filmharmonic Brass, Dominic Derasse
Spiritual matters are often a crossing point between personal deep thoughts, cultural perceptions, and religious teachings. On this episode of Wind & Rhythm be aware that we’re going to cast wide net, encompassing both the secular and religious perspectives.
In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav Holst Emory Symphonic Winds, Scott A. Stewart Local Spirits from “Unfamiliar Territory” Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball And Still, the Spirit - Spirit of Sequoia Philip Sparke Johan Friso Band of the Royal Netherlands Army,
Erik van de Kolk
Spiritual from “Symphonic Songs for Band” Robert Russell Bennett Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra,
Mark Heron The Enemy God and the Dance of the Spirits of Darkness
from “Scythian Suite, Op. 20” Sergei Prokofiev US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham Spiritus Mundi from “Ecstatic Waters” (Epilogue) Steven Bryant University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin In the World of Spirits Bruce Broughton North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon When the Spirit Soars Philip Sparke Philharmonic Winds Osakan, Kimura Yoshihiro Spiritual H. Owen Reed Keystone Wind Ensemble, Jack Stamp Let Your Spirit Sing Julie Giroux University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
Romeo and Juliet, a love story so intense and deeply emotional that it transcends art, language, and music. Wind & Rhythm explores the tenderness and tragedy of star-crossed love in this special Valentine’s Day episode.
Selections from Suites One, Two, and Three
from Romeo and Juliet Sergey Prokofiev Eikanger-Bjorsvik Brass Band, Bjarte Engeset
Introduction, Montagues and Capulets, Morning Dances, Juliet the Young Girl, Masks, Romeo and Juliet, The Nurse, Friar Laurence, Dance, Death of Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet Before Parting, Aubade, Romeo at the Grave of Juliet, Death of Juliet
Old Romance from “Family Album” Morton Gould US Marine Band, Colonel Michael Colburn
Wind & Rhythm continues its partnership with several of the best winds bands in the world, and we encourage you to attend one or more of their live concerts to witness the finesse, power, warmth, and intimacy of a concert hall event. While there, keep an eye out for our “Partners in Performance” banners in the lobby and share your experience with us with a selfie and post on our Facebook page. Let’s all show our appreciation to their contributions to wind band performance art!
Chaconne in Memoriam... Ron Nelson Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Give Us this Day David Maslanka Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols Preludio from “Korean Dances” Chang Su Koh Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon La Procession du Roció Joaquín Turina Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Allegro Molto from "Symphony No. 2" David Maslanka Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson
As much as some hate to admit it, violence has been part of the shared human heritage from the beginning of recorded time. Even today, in some parts of the world, trying to avoid violence is a daily activity. Composer John Mackey takes violence as his theme in his challenging new work, "Antique Violences." He brings us face-to-face with the human capacity for violence.
Antique Violences: Concerto for Trumpet John Mackey Michigan State Wind Symphony,
Kevin Sedatole Jericho Rhapsody Morton Gould USAF Band of the Golden West,
Captain R. Michael Mench Music to an Imaginary Ballet from “The Warriors” Percy Aldridge Grainger US Air Force Band,
A great discovery can come about through determined, careful research, or through lucky serendipity; almost like magic. In a recent episode, Wind & Rhythm explored Archimedes' "Eureka!" moment, in which discovery occurred while pursuing an activity outside the lab; bathing, in fact. If one were to compare how many important discoveries happen in the lab to how many happen from an accidental epiphany, what would the ratio be, and how would one distinguish between what one might call a "scientific approach" and a "lucky chance”?
St. Paul's Suite Gustav Holst, arr. Philip Sparke The Central Band of The Royal Air Force,
Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Traveler David Maslanka UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie Triumph Anthony LaBounty UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie In Stillness Brian Hogg University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony,
Bradley Genevro Jungla Ferrer Ferren Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Long gone are the days of buying camera film and developing prints before seeing and sharing our images. Now, most of us have a high-quality camera in our pocket that delivers instant viewing and sharing gratification. A picture, made up of complex ideas or emotions, is far more effective conveying its essence than a tome describing its content. The same can be said for music.
This episode of Wind & Rhythm explores the expressive relationship between visual and musical imagery.
Picture Studies, Selections Adam Schoenberg, trans. Donald Patterson US Marine Band, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Fettig Mexican Pictures, Selections Franco Cesarini Royal Military Band of the Netherlands, Pierre Kuipers Pictures at an Exhibition, Selections Modest Mussorgsky Banda Sinfónica Juvenil Simón Bolívar, Thomas Clamor Manhattan Pictures, Selections Jan Van Der Roost Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz
While enjoying his bath, Archimedes, the ancient Greek mathematician, suddenly solved a problem about the displacement of water. In his excitement, he leaped from the bath, and ran naked through the streets of Syracuse, shouting, "Eureka! Eureka! I have found it!" The story is apocryphal, of course; Archimedes lived over twenty-two hundred years ago, and no one is alive to confirm his naked run, but we all know the excitement and thrill of suddenly discovering something new.
Shepherd’s Surprise Kenneth Downie Salvation Army New York Staff Band, Ronald Waiksnoris The Voyage of the Discovery from Suite Brazil 500 Ney Rosauro University of Calgary Wind Ensemble and Ney Rosauro,
Glen D. Price Finale from Symphony No. 9 in E minor,
“From the New World”, Op. 95 Antonín Dvořák, arr. Mark Hindsley US Army Field Band, Jim R. Keene Orion Jan Van der Roost Johan Willem Friso Military Band, Alex Shillings Journey through Orion Julie Giroux University of Texas at El Paso Wind Symphony, Ron Hufstader Discover the Wild Kenneth Fuchs US Coast Guard Band,
Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson Avalon Jan Van der Roost Johan Willem Friso Military Band, Alex Shillings
New Year’s resolutions are a tool for “futurecasting”, to look forward and consider what could happen. Musicians know if they don’t practice they could play at the wrong moment, in the wrong key, or maybe even a wrong note or rhythm. Practice is the key to being prepared, and being prepared for the New Year is all part of a New Year’s resolution.
Symphony in E-Flat - I. Fanfare (after Copland) Shafer Mahoney Illinois Wind Symphony, James F. Keene Procession of the Academics David Maslanka University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony,
Andrew Boysen, Jr. Sails of Time David R. Gillingham Philharmonic Winds Osakan, David R. Gillingham Thus Spake Zarathustra Strauss, Richard/Hindsley University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Dr. Harry Begian
C.S. Lewis wrote the book “Surprised by Joy” in 1955. It’s a fascinating story, but it is the feeling of joy that fills this episode of Wind & Rhythm. It isn’t just about the joy of the birth of the baby in Bethlehem so long ago. Joy is a feeling that is so indescribable that artists have been captivated as they strive to embrace it.
Joy to the World Isaac Watts Empire Brass Patapan Bernard de La Monnoye Empire Brass Carol of the Bells Mykola Leontovych Empire Brass Song of the Birds Traditional Catalan Carol, arr. DiSavino The Solid Brass Suite of Medieval Carols Traditional, arr. DiSavino The Solid Brass Infant Jesus Yon Lietro Chicago Brass Quintet
Hark the Herald Angels Sing Felix Mendelßohn/Charles Wesley/George Whitefield/William Cummings Chicago Brass Quintet Sing Joyfully William Byrd Galliard Brass Ensemble Noels - I. Saint-Joseph qui lessive Jean-Claude Petit/Georges Delerue Beaumont Brass Quintet Noels - VI. Allons secouez-vouz donc Jean-Claude Petit/Georges Delerue Beaumont Brass Quintet Ríu Ríu Chíu Anon 16th Century, arr. Douglas Isthmus Brass, John Stevens I Wonder as I Wander John Jacob Niles, arr. Roger Harvey Isthmus Brass, John Stevens Joyeux Noël Alfred Reed Eastern Wind Symphony Joy of Christmas arr: William Himes Southern Territorial Ensemble, Salvation Army Staff Band The Sounding Joy William Gordon Pasadena Tabernacle Band, Salvation Army Staff Band, William Gordon Joy in Bethlehem arr: Leslie Condon Chicago Staff Band, Salvation Army Staff Band Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring J.S. Bach, arr. David Werden Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, R. Winston Morris
What is your favorite name for the jolly fellow in the red suit? St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Pelznickle? So many names, so much history. Let's just call this episode of Wind & Rhythm, "St. Nick".
Santa Claus-trophobia arr. Sandy Smith Fountain City Brass Band, Joseph Parisi Frosty the Snowman - Martin Erickson, Ebb Bass Rollins/Nelson, arr. Sandy Smith Brass Band of Battle Creek, Frank Renton Santa Baby Javits/Springer, arr. Maxwell/Cooper Isthmus Brass, John Stevens Here Comes Santa Claus Autry/Haldeman Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Johnny Marks Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble
Jolly Old St. Nicholas Miller/Hanby/McCaskey, arr. Gary Slechta Wayne Bergeron with the After Hours Brass Jingle Bell Rock Beal/Boothe, arr. Gary Slechta Wayne Bergeron with the After Hours Brass Santa Claus is Coming to Town Gillespie/Coots, arr. Gary Slechta University of Texas Trombone Choir, Nathaniel Brickens Miracle on 34th Street Bruce Broughton US Coast Guard Band, Commander W. Kenneth Megan I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Tommie Connor US Air Force Heritage of America Band,
Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Monroe Jingle Them Bells arr. Julie Giroux University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher Christmas Toons arr. Julie Giroux University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher Brazilian Sleigh Bells Percy Faith Northshore Concert Band, John P. Paynter Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson US Coast Guard Band, Commander W. Kenneth Megan
On this episode of Wind & Rhythm we take a fresh listen at traditional Holiday music with a set of mash-up compositions and arrangements from two writers who like to "compose different". Their styles and ingenuity help invigorate old Holiday favorites as we journey through the season of light, music, and joy.
Minor Alterations David Lovrien Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Nutcracker Fantasia arr. Julie Giroux University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher One Torch, Two Women and Three Ships arr. Julie Giroux University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher Away in a Manger arr. Julie Giroux University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher All Through the Night Julie Giroux University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds, Ron Hufstader I Got Rhythm for Christmas arr. Julie Giroux University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds,
Ron Hufstader Peter Patapan arr. Julie Giroux University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds,
Ron Hufstader The 12 Days of Christmas arr. Julie Giroux University of Texas at El Paso Symphonic Winds,
Ron Hufstader Minor Alterations No. 2 David Lovrien Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin
Seeing wrapped gifts under the tree for days or weeks before being allowed to open them adds to the anticipation, suspense, and ultimately the joy of Christmas morning. Adding to this joy is the music of the Season, which on this week's episode of Wind & Rhythm helps create the wonder and mystery of the excitement of gift giving.
Russian Christmas Music Alfred Reed Emory Symphonic Winds, Scott A. Stewart Mysterium Jennifer Higdon Emory Symphonic Winds, Scott A. Stewart O Magnum Mysterium Morten Lauridsen, arr. H. Robert Reynolds BYU Wind Symphony, Don Peterson Variants on an Ancient Air James Curnow University of Illinois Symphonic Band,
Harry Begian, James Curnow Dies Natalis Howard Hanson Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd
Each dream is unique, as are the dreamers themselves. Whether from the mind of an eight year old child or from a speech about the future, dreams can confuse or inspire. And while there are those who study dreams, composers create the sound of dreams and channel their emotions and inspiration through music.
A Child's Garden of Dreams David Maslanka Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble,
Mallory Thompson And in this Dream there were Eight Windows Timothy Mahr St. Olaf Band, Timothy Mahr Homage to the Dream Mark Camphouse North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliano Corporon
The hymn “We Gather Together” was written in 1597 to celebrate the Dutch victory over the Spanish in a war of national liberation against the King of Spain who forbade Dutch Protestants the right to gather for worship. It is now popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day in America and is often sung at family meals and religious services on that day.
Wind & Rhythm uses the spirit of this freedom to express all viewpoints in its slogan, "the gathering place for people who love band music" to invite all music lovers to share in the wonderful wind band community spirit.
Turkey Trot from “Divertimento” Leonard Bernstein North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Autumn Dream Archibald Joyce US Coast Guard Band, Commander W. Kenneth Megan Harvest Hymn Percy Grainger North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon We Gather Together Eduard Kremser Hollywood Epic Brass, Kevin Kaska Concerto Breve "The Wondrous Valley" Joesph Wilcox Jenkins US Military Academy Band at West Point,
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Holtan Autumn in New York Vernon Duke Tubas Unlimited, R. Winston Morris Thanksgiving Hymn William Billings Eastern Wind Symphony, William Silvester Yosemite Autumn Mark Camphouse US Air Force Heritage of America Band, Major Douglas Monroe Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs Frank Ticheli University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Paul W. Popiel
On this episode of Wind & Rhythm, we honor those who stood watch protecting our democracy in peacetime and in conflict. Our Veterans. They are our family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances, and to those heroes we dedicate this broadcast, a virtual band concert, to them.
Hymn to the Fallen from “Saving Private Ryan” John Williams Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Tales of the Bay James L. Hosay Eastern Wind Symphony, William Silvester Autobiography for Band Robert Russell Bennett US Army Field Band, Colonel Finley Hamilton Trilogy for Band Clifton Williams US Air Force Band of Mid America,
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Price After Hands Across the Sea from
“Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa” John Philip Sousa, arr. Ira Hearshen US Air Force Heritage of America Band,
Colonel Lowell Graham
Over the summer, recording engineer Mark Morette and his crew traveled to Utrecht, Holland to cover the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) convention, and they brought back recordings to share on the gathering place for people who love band music, Wind & Rhythm.
Montmagastre. A Little Symphonic Scene Manuel Oltra Barcelona Symphonic Band, Salvador Brotons Una Adventura De Don Quijote Jesús Guridi Bilbao Municipal Band, Jose R. Pascual-Vilaplana Three Swiss Tunes in the Baroque Style arr. Walter Lang-Van Os Swiss Army Symphonic Wind Orchestra,
Major Philippe Monnerat Kindara Overture Antonio Giacometti Orchestra Fiati di Valle Camonica, Debnis Salvini Amália Ferderico Valério Portuguese Symphonic Band, Francisco Ferriera Reflections on an Old Japanese Folktune Philip Sparke Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Liam Daly
Creating a sinister mood in music often falls to the larger instruments? Tubas, Trombones, Euphoniums, Basses, all can conjure a disquieting atmosphere.
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we wickedly summon some spine-tingling music.
A Little Monster Music Elizabeth Raum Euphoniums Unlimited The Furies Neal Corwell Symphonia, R. Winston Morris La Morte Dell’ Oom (No Pah Intended) James Self Symphonia, R. Winston Morris Hauntings Dan Welcher Symphonia, R. Winston Morris Unfamiliar Territory - Local Spirits Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball Dance of the Witches from “The Witches of Eastwick" John Williams, US Coast Guard Band, Commander W. Kenneth Megan Tam O’Shanter Overture Malcolm Arnold UNLV Wind Orchestra, Thomas Leslie
When was the last time you witnessed a really great band play in a live setting? The concert hall, in particular, is a magical place that broadens the range of musical passages from whisper quiet pianissimo to rock concert pounding fortissimo.
Many of Wind & Rhythm's "Partners in Performance" have begun their new concert season, and we recommend joining them for a live experience like no other. It's worth the trip.
Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme Michael Gandolfi Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Ballad for Band Morton Gould Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols Finale, Allegro Molto from “Symphony No. 2” David Maslanka Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson Variants on a Mediaeval Tune Norman Dello Joio Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell
The Fall season is in full swing with a cavalcade of festivals, starting with Oktoberfest, passing through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and culminating with the celebration of the New Year.
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we feast on the music of Festivals.
Festival Intrada Richard Strauss Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin with Paul Riedo on the Lay Family Organ A Festival Prelude Alfred Reed US Air Force Band of Mid-America,
Captain Donald Schofield, Jr. Festive Hymn Johan de Meij Orchestra de Vents Filharmonia, José Pascual-Vilaplana Festival Clifton Williams US Air Force Band of Mid-America,
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Price Festival of Fire from “Three Notes of Japan” Toshiro Mashima North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Fiesta! Philip Sparke Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble, Ray Cramer Dies Festus from “Gloriosa" ITO Yusuhide North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Olympica-Festival Overture For Band Jan Van der Roost Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble, Don Wilcox
The harvest has arrived, the leaves are falling, the air is crisper, and the aromas are spicy. So long Summer, Autumn is here, as is the season of football, traditions, and decorations. The change of seasons is a welcome time, especially the evenings of music and mirth.
Crescent Moon Grand Overture Jan Van der Roost Philhamonic Winds Osakan, Jan Van der Roost October (Shostakovich) Dmitri Shostakovich US Air Force Band, Lowell Graham October Festival from “Feste Romane” Ottorino Respighi US Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn Scherzo from “Midsummer Night's Dream” Felix Mendelssohn, arr. John Blair US Army Field Band Chamber Ensembles,
Colonel Jim R. Keene As Midnight on a Moonless Night Michael Markowski Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff Ball Autumn Leaves J. Kosma / J. Prevert / J. Mercer / arr. Richard Perry Symphonia, R. Winston Morris November from “Winter Dances” Fergal Carroll Philharmonia à Vent, John Boyd
A sign in front of a music store reads: “Hug a band member, they never get a chance to dance.”
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we play the music so that you can dance.
Sun Dance Frank Ticheli Michigan State University Wind Symphony,
John Whitwell J.S. Dances Donald Grantham North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon
Mock Morris Percy Aldridge Grainger Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin
Divertimento, Op. 42 - Prologue, Song, Dance, Etc. Persichetti, Vincent London Symphony Orchestra
Wind & Percussion Ensemble, David Amos Schottische from “Suite of Old American Dances” Robert Russell Bennett Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Slavonic Dance No. 5, Op. 46 Antonin Dvorak Empire Brass Ritual Fire Dance Manuel De Fella, arr. Fred Kepner US Air Force Band, Colonel A. Phillip Waite Armenian Dances, Part I. Alfred Reed North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Morning Dance from “Romeo and Juliet” Sergei Prokofiev Empire Brass
Often told in a way that makes the narrator seem to have been part of the story, a "tall tale" is good-natured yarn that includes unbelievable elements, related as if they were factual. Fundamental to many cultures, tall tales often contain legendary figures in exaggerated exploits, while others are simply a way to demonstrate who can boast the most.
This week on Wind & Rhythm, we spin a musical yarn with these Tall Tales.
Grimm's Fairytale Forest Jan Van der Roost Philharmonic Winds Osakan, Jan Van der Roost
Ottorino Respighi, arr. Franco Cesarini
Philharmonic Winds Osakan, Jan Van der Roost
A Tale as Yet Untold Philip Sparke Cory Band, Dr. Robert Childs
At the heart of the Brass Band is the working-class culture of brotherhood musicians, ambassadors of local communities and industries, and of fierce competitiveness. On both sides of the Atlantic there are competitions to crown the best Brass Band; the European Brass Band Association and the North American Brass Band Association hold such championships. For the 28 brass “banders" preparing for a title run, rehearsals can be intense and all-consuming, but the results are nothing shy of brilliant.
On this episode of Wind & Rhtythm, we explore the music and magnificence of the Brass Band.
Cory Band, Dr. Robert Childs Nimrod from "Enigma" Variations, Op. 36
Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Pearl Fishers - Deep Inside the Sacred Temple
Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs Adagio from Concierto De Aranjuez
Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Major Peter Parkes
Mark Walters Flugelhorn soloist Carrickfergus
Irish Folk Song, arr. Roberts
Fountain City Brass Band, Joseph Parisi Music for Battle Creek
Brass Band of Battle Creek, Sarah Ionnides Images for Brass
Brass of the Potomac, Stephen Bulla
For those who love performing band music, the act of creating it with others is the best part. The combined artistic expression of a group of musicians with a variety of talents and backgrounds yields a unique performance each time a composition is played. Whether from a grade school, college, community, military, or professional band, these performances are distinct and remarkable simply due to the many partners in performance.
Four Scottish Dances Malcolm Arnold Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin Allerseelen Strauss, Richard, Davis, Albert, arr. Fennell Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson Toccata Marziale Ralph Vaughan Williams Northshore Concert Band, Mallory Thompson Korean Dances Chang Su Koh Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Eugene Migliaro Corporon Adagio Joaquin Rodrigo Eastern Wind Symphony, Todd Nichols